It's about time I get some thank you cards mailed out. Julen IS closing in on six months and I've been dragging my feet getting those written. But of course I couldn't possibly just make life easy on myself and BUY some cards....noooo, I had to start from scratch and decided to revisit an old craft I hadn't tried in a while, so carved a rubber stamp to make the cards. As is typical of my four-year-old, he wants to join in on all the crafting that goes on in this house, so was eager to give it a try. However, I would be crazy to let him get his hands on tools like these. So we went for a more child friendly version of making a stamp and Peanut made his own thank you cards for his birthday gifts. Here's what we did:
~Styrofoam trays (like the kind fish and chicken are packaged in at the grocery store or those that restaurants use for take out orders)
~chop-stick or pen ~paintbrush
~stamp pads and/or paint
~paper (not pictured) and I think a brayer roller would have been helpful, but I couldn't find mine
First cut off all the rounded edges of the styrofoam, so the"stamp" will lay flat. Then cut into several, child manageable pieces. (I found that about 3 x 4 inch pieces worked very well).
Next, using a chop-stick or pen have the child create their image directly on to the styrofoam pad making sure to press hard so there is a nice indentation. Peanut started out making a polka-dot design.
Once your design is finished, completely cover the styrofoam pad with paint or ink. We used Peanuts' preferred method of painting with a paint brush (although this is where a brayer roller would be much easier).
(This boy could paint for hours.)
Next, press stamp down evenly on your paper...
...and very carefully lift it up to see your image.
Here are all the stamps we made.
Peanut chose the flower design for his cards...
...which once they were cut out, we attached to the front of card stock using photo corners.
They make cute gift box tops as well.